Because of the heat we haven't been working our old boys but walked them on leads a couple times on a trail through a local field. (Its been 99 - 100+ feels like 110) Anyway about 5 minutes into our walk Tuesday DB stopped. Suddenly he droppped to the ground and I freaked just as he started to roll. He rolled for about 2 minutes, got up, shook off then dropped down on the other side, rolled for about 2 minutes again then got up shook off. I of course thought bad things - colic, heat stoke, seizuer (spl). We imediately cut the walk short to get back to the barn because all I could think of was if he went down again and didn't get up we were a 1/4 mile from home. DB however just looked at my husband and I like "Chill - can't a horse on a 4' lead roll?" Still worried I have watched him closely since and he is perfectly fine. My husband said DB just wanted to mess with us and decided to scratch an itch but I was told horses only lay down & roll when they are safe in a familar enviroment. That fact that he was on a 4' lead seems even more strange to me. Has anybody experience this?
God these animals can be worse than Kids!